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Heaven: A History, Second edition 2nd ed. Edition

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Some angels wear business suits, and some run around stark naked, according to Heaven, a history of Christian ideas and images of the afterlife. Academics Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang have organized their history in roughly chronological order, beginning with ancient Jewish ideas about life after death and proceeding through centuries of elite and popular sources: St. Augustine, Emanuel Swedenborg, Paul Tillich, and Hal Lindsey. Two major images of heaven dominate the Christian tradition. One is theocentric ("eternal solitude with God alone"); the other is anthropocentric (believers are reunited with friends and family.) And yet, these two very different ideas often coexist in the same person's mind. "There is a world of difference between what intellectuals state (and publish) as their considered opinion, and what they express in unguarded moments," the authors note. Heaven can't solve any mysteries about what happens after we die, but it does persuasively demonstrate that "the ways in which people imagine heaven tell us how they understand themselves, their families, their society, and their God." --Michael Joseph Gross

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This volume offers a history of interpretations of heaven from a religious standpoint and from the worlds of art, literature, pop culture, and more, with illustrations. This second edition of the 1988 original offers a new preface that updates the study. For all religion collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Yale Nota Bene
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd ed. edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300091079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300091076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Isabel Castillo G on December 2, 2012
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i got into this college class called "art and christianism" and we use this book as an overall reference of its history... its a pretty cool guide if you don't mind it being not as objective as it could be...
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This book, though required reading, helped me a lot with my History of Christian Afterlife class. Not really something I'd buy just for the fun of it, but I did learn a lot when I had to read it and use it for my papers in class.
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A great book. I especially enjoy their take on the Mormon heaven. It is a fascinating point-of-view that satisfies the theological arguments as well as the parishioners needs.
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